Harvest of WICaNem-IFAMA 2020

Call for Papers:
Challenges for Agri-Food Supply Networks.
New Forms of Collaborations in the context of COVID-19


With the cancellation of the 30th IFAMA-WICaNeM 2020 June conference due to the measures implemented worldwide to contain COVID-19 (previously known as “2019 novel coronavirus”), also the need occurred (for a smaller-scale ), a theme-focused conference on the impact of COVID-19 on agri-food.

Agri-food business plays a crucial role and central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Covid-19 has displayed many of the vulnerabilities and externalities facing agri-food, and it is more evident than before that agri-food supply networks require critical rethinking. New practices and technologies need to be developed and existing ones – adapted, drawing on insights from sectors and industries, some of which not previously engaged in agri-food. The impact of COVID-19 is tremendous, and amongst others, underpins new collaboration patterns in agri-food. As the novel coronavirus and the measures put in place to contain it are striking, the future of agri-food is narrowed down to mitigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, as existing and emerging collaboration patterns are tested to their limits.

For the November IFAMA-WICaNeM conference, the organizers invite participants to discuss and share their vision on how COVID-19 is impacting agri-food supply networks, now and in the future.

For information regarding registration and details on submission of the papers, please check Onepager_New Forms of Collaborations in the context of COVID-19-CFP


Important dates

  • Opening of Abstract Submissions: 31 July 2020
  • Closing of Abstract Submissions: 30 September 2020
  • Announcement of selected papers and sessions: 15 October 2020
  • Registration open: 1 September 2020
  • Conference dates: 25 – 26 November 2020


The conference is held in Rotterdam (De Doelen) and is organized by Wageningen University (WICaNeM) and LDE Centre for Sustainability (Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities). In collaboration with the other partners involved in IFAMA2020 -Rotterdam: IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association), Municipality of Rotterdam, the Inholland University of Applied Sciences, and Foodlog

Given the dynamic circumstances and advice from the Dutch government [31 July 2020], intercontinental travel may not be possible by November 2020. Gatherings are subject to social and physical distancing measures and vetted by local authorities. If and when someone is unable to present their paper at the conference, we will use a digital platform to allow online presentations.